Saeco Xsmall

Saeco Xsmall Repair Service Tips

Saeco Xsmall coffee machine provides pleasure to all your fresh coffee drinks with the simple push of a button.

This machine is intended for household use.

Max coffee per day: 10 cups

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Guide to troubleshoot your Saeco Xsmall Coffee Machine



Electricity related issues

Not turning on

Cable and cable fuse

It is really rare for the fuse to go, but can happen in case of a shorted component.
Check the fuse in the plug. Make sure the plug is properly connected into the connector slot.
Cable and cable fuse

Electric panel

The problem might be casued by a faulty electric board, which is unfortunately rarely repairable.
Electric panel
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Not heating up
Unfortunately all possible causes need the attention of a professional.

Thermostat(s)

Some thermostats need to be reactivated after a possible overheating of the machine, while they can also go in case of an extreme overheating issue.
Thermostat(s)

Temperature sensor

Although rarely, but the temperature sensor can cause this fault as well.
Temperature sensor

Electric board

Ocasionally faulty triacs and varistors can cause such a symptom.
Electric board
Burnt smell
Unfortunately all possible causes need the attention of a professional.

Electric components

Almost any electric component can cause burnt smell.

Electric board

Burnt smell mainly arises from faulty electric boards.
Electric board
Lights / error messages

Exclamation mark (red) quickly flashing

This sign means that there is no water flow in the system and is mainly caused by a blockage in the water system or the brew unit, or a misplaced water tank.
Fill the water tank and let water through the steam wand till you get a continuous flow.

Temperature (green) and exclamation mark (red) alternately flashing

This sign comes on after the grinding process and a failed coffee compression attempt. The cause in most cases is a too high ground coffee quantity because of the machines automatic quantity adjustment function, or simply because of a neglected brew unit.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Exclamation mark (red) steady on

This sign might be caused by an empty water tank or a full dump box, but in case the sign appears in the middle of the grinding process, and the ground coffee gets thrown into the dump box without the coffee being brewed, then the coffee container is either empty or the grinder blades are blocked by wet or greasy coffee.
Fill the coffee beans container.
Clean and readjust grinder.
Fill the water tank.
Empty the dump box.

Exclamation mark (red) slowly flashing

It might be on straight after turning the machine on, meaning that the stem knob is not in neutral position, or in case the service door is not closed properly, but it can also indicate that the brew unit or the dump box is not in place.
Make sure the brew unit is correctly in place.
Check the dump box, it might not be correctly in place.
Make sure the service door is properly closed.
Turn the steam knob into neutral position.

All lights flashing - grinder blocked, or not heating

It might be on a few seconds after turning the machine on, indicating that there is no change in the boiler temperature, meaning that the machine is not heating, or it can appear straight after pressing the coffee button, indicating that the grinder is blocked or faulty.
Clean and readjust grinder.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.


Water related issues

Leaking

Dirty water

This problem is mainly caused by ground coffee piling up underneath the brew unit, blocking the path of the excess water let out by the machine.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.
Clean the drainage vent behind the brew unit thoroughly.

Clear water

This is a clear sign of a leaking water system. We strongly advise to stop operating the machine as soon as You come across with this fault.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Fill water tank

Sensor issue

In case filling the water tank doesn't help, then the water level sensor might be faulty or might have fallen off of the inner wall of the water container compartment.
Fill the water tank.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
No water / coffee through the machine

Airlock

This symptom is mostly accompanied by the flashing hot water (green) and triangle (red) sign, and means that the filling of the water system is required.
Fill the water tank and let water through the steam wand till you get a continuous flow.

Water working, but no coffee

In cases, where You can't get coffee out of the machine even though You get water through the steam wand, the most common cause is a blocked, dirty brew unit.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Not steaming

Frother blocked

You need to keep in mind, that all frothers need to be cleaned straight away after use, otherwise milk residue will build up and block the steam wand and frother.
Clean the frother attachment and steam wand.
Frother blocked
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.

Brew unit related issues

Brew unit blocked

Brew unit is clogged up

The brew unit is the heart of the machine and it is recommended to be cleaned once a week under running water.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Brew unit stuck

This mainly happens when the user tries to force the brew unit out without reseting it to neutral position.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Can't replace the brew unit

Gears are not aligned

This fault mainly occurs when the user removes the dump box and/or the brew unit before the machine could reset itself to neutral position.
Put the brew unit aside and everything else back to their places, close the service door and turn the machine off and then on, wait till the machine stands completely still and you should be able to replace the brew unit.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Unusual noises from the brew unit

Clicking / cracking sound

Mostly a sound generated by the brew unit and it is a sign of the lack of lubrication.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Gearbox damaged

In extreme cases, the lack of lubrication can even lead to overexerting and damaging the gearbox.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Slow brew unit operation

Brew unit clogged up

The fault might simply originate from the lack of maintenance, caused by piled up ground coffee blocking the operation of the brew unit.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.

Ground coffee related issues

Puck consistence

Pucks are falling apart

The ground coffee can't stay together as a puck if it's too coarse or the quantity of ground coffee is too low. The quantity can only be influenced by the smoothness of the brew unit movement.
Readjust the grinder to grind finer.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Pucks are muddy

If the brew unit is not cleaned and lubricated, thus moves sluggishly, then the CPU will think that it's struggling to compress the coffee, so it will decrease the ground coffee quantity.
Readjust the grinder to grind coarser.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Unused coffee in waste

Ocasionally

The grinder might be clogged up or the beans You use might be a bit too oily.
Clean and readjust grinder
Try different beans.

Frequently

The problem is most likely with the beans You use. They might be too oily or too big for the grinder to properly work with.
Try different beans.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Water in dump box

Clean water

Clean water mostly gets in the dump box in larger quantities if the brew unit is not properly cleaned.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Coffee

In case coffee ends up in the dump box, that means that either the brew unit, or the connection between the brew unit and the machine is damaged.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Spilled ground coffee

Small amount

All automatic machines spill some ground coffee around the brew unit. You need to clean and lubricate the brew unit on a regular basis to keep the machine running and clean.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

Large amount

This maily occurs because of the brew unit as symptom of the lack of lubrication, resulting in a desorted ground coffee quantity data.
Clean and lubricate brew unit
Clean and readjust grinder.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Not grinding coffee

Grinder operating, but not grinding the beans

In the vast majority of the cases this symptom is caused by either some kind of liquid that was poured into the grinder or greasy coffee beans. Both result in ground coffee stuck to the blades making them unable to grind the coffee.
Clean and readjust grinder.

Grinder does not operate

The grinder is either blocked by some foreign object or the motor might be worn out or faulty.
Clean and readjust grinder.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.

End product related issues

Coffee dripping

Brew unit clogged up

A possible problem is that the shower disc is blocked by coffee residue.
Clean and lubricate brew unit.

The ground coffee is too fine

The grinder fineness settings might be too fine and water can't pass through the ground coffee, or the ground coffee is so fine, that it can block the shower disc.
Readjust the grinder to grind coarser.
Set the ground coffee quantity lower.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Coffee is running through and comes out weak

The ground coffee is too coarse

The blades might be damaged or, as impossible as it may sound, worn out. Yes. These ceramic blades can wear out too, but only after a much longer period than the normal, metal ones.
Readjust the grinder to grind finer.

Wrong beans

The beans might be stale or the percentage of arabica beans in the blend might be too high. For these machines we reccomend at least 40% robusta percentage.
Try different beans.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Coffee temperature

Too high

The temperature might be too high in case the system has a larger amount of limescale built up inside.
Descale the machine.

Lukewarm

Oddly enough in most cases this issue is not related to the machine at all. It is rather related to the cold mug or cup the user brews the coffee into.
Pre-heat the cup before brewing coffee.

Cold

This is a rare issue, mainly caused by a faulty temperature sensor.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Coffee consistence

Weak

The strength of the coffee is influenced by the coffee blend, the ground coffee fineness and quantity, the temperature and the pressure. A weak coffee might be the result of stale beans or too high arabica percentage, coarse ground coffee, low ground coffee quantity, low temperature, or a combination of these.
Readjust the grinder to grind finer.
Try different beans.

Strong or sour

The strength of the coffee is influenced by the coffee blend, the ground coffee fineness and quantity, the temperature and the pressure. A strong coffee might be the result of high robusta percentage, fine ground coffee, high ground coffee quantity, high temperature, or a combination of these.
Readjust the grinder to grind coarser.
Try different beans.

There is no crema on top

In the world of automatic machines the theme crema will be somewhat simplified because of the low number of factors the user can influence and the low precision value of these adjustments. Basically there are three adjustable factors that have the most influence on the crema in a correctly operating automatic machine. These three factors are the coffee beans, the grinding fineness and the ground coffee quantity. The higher robusta percentage, the finer the ground coffee and the higher the coffee quantity is, the thicker the crema will turn out to be.
Readjust the grinder to grind finer.
Set the ground coffee quantity higher.
Try different beans.
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.
Milk froth consistence

Milk warms up, but is not froted

If You have steam pressure, but the milk is not frothed, then the problem can only be with the frother device. The most common problem is that the frother is not perfectly clean. You need to make sure to keep the small hole on the side of the frother attachment clear.
Clean the frother attachment and steam wand.
Descale the machine.
Milk warms up, but is not froted
In case You can't or don't want to resolve the problem with the tips above, then the machine needs the attention of a professional.